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House Public Education Committee to Meet on Bill Requiring Cameras in Self-Contained Classrooms, More on May 21

05.20.2015 — The House Public Education Committee will meet Thursday, May 21, upon final adjournment of the House on these bills:
  • SB 33 by Judith Zaffirini would broaden the definition of the offense of hazing.

  • SB 507 by Eddie Lucio, et al., as passed by the Senate, would require school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to provide equipment, including a video camera, to each school in which a student receiving special education services in a self-contained classroom is enrolled. After notifying parents, each school would place, operate, and maintain one or more video cameras in each self-contained classroom in which a majority of the students in regular attendance are provided special education and related services and assigned to a self-contained classroom for at least 50 percent of the instructional day. A district or charter school could solicit and accept gifts, grants, and donations to secure equipment. These provisions would not waive immunity from liability or create liability. A district or charter school could not allow regular or continual monitoring of video or use video for teacher evaluation or any purpose other than the promotion of safety of students receiving special education services in a self-contained classroom. A video of a student made under these provisions would be confidential and could not be released or viewed except to appropriate Department of Family and Protective Services personnel as part of an investigation under the Family Code or to specified persons in response to a complaint or an investigation of district or school personnel or a complaint of abuse by a student. The bill would address use of the recording if a violation of law or district or school policy is documented in the recording. This would not limit access of a student’s parent under FERPA.

  • SB 811 by Jose Rodríguez, as passed by the Senate, would require a school district to provide a child’s IEP translated into the parent’s native language in audiotape form if requested by the parent. Audiotaped copies would include all components of the IEP required under state or federal law that are developed or revised by the committee. 
         
  • SB 1004 by Paul Bettencourt, as passed by the Senate, would allow a public junior college with a service area located wholly or party in a county with a population of more than 3 million or in a county adjacent to that county to enter into an articulation agreement with any school district located wholly or partly in a county with a population of more than 3 million. The bill would require such a public junior college to offer one or more courses for joint high school and junior college credit. A student enrolled in such a district could enroll in a course at any junior college that has entered into an agreement with the district to offer the course. The governing board of such a junior college could contract to provide remedial programs with the board of any ISD located wholly or partly in a county with a population of more than 3 million.

  • SB 1222 by Paul Bettencourt, as passed by the Senate, would allow the commissioner to issue a subpoena to compel production of relevant evidence during an investigation of an educator for an alleged incident of misconduct.

  • SB 1494 by Carlos Uresti, et al., as passed by the Senate, would include students who are homeless, as defined in the bill, with those TEA would assist in transitioning from one school to another. The bill would also provide that an 11th or 12th grade student who is homeless who transfers to a different school district from which the student is not eligible to graduate could receive a diploma on request from the district from which the student transferred if the student meets that district’s graduation criteria.

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